It's time to start focusing on the playoffs for a lot of owners, meaning these next three weeks have a lot less importance to them than Weeks 14 to 16. Fantasy owners who are looking good might want to swing for the fences and grab a guy who should be cruising along in the last part of the season. It helps to be healthy, but that's not the only standard of measurement. Here are five guys with big upsides.
Percy Harvin (owned in 73 percent of leagues)
From the Captain Obvious department, Harvin needs to be picked up across the board. He is one of the league's most talented players and is deadly in space. The Seahawks have to big licking their chops to get him back into their lineup even with Golden Tate coming off arguably the best game of his career.
Harvin has to be owned in even the shallowest formats since he is expected to play this week against the Vikings -- his former team.
Michael Crabtree (owned in 20 percent of leagues)
He returned to practice on Nov. 6 and he had some encouraging words. "It's a roller coaster being away from the game for so long. I'm just happy to be out there," Crabtree said.
This is obviously going to be a big week of practice. The team is expecting to go more full speed this week, so that serves as a better barometer. Last season, quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Crabtree were one of the best QB-WR tandems in the NFL, so the upside is undeniable.
He needs to be picked up in all leagues. While we’re on the subject, Percy Harvin should be owned first, especially in PPR formats.
Riley Cooper (owned in 50 percent of leagues)
Foles is one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league and it’s translated to all sorts of production from the team. With great quarterback play, comes great fantasy value. Cooper has been one of Foles' favorite targets down the field and there is no sign of him slowing down.
He's worth owning in all leagues following his recent consistency.
Santonio Holmes (owned in 4 percent of leagues)
The Jets are expecting him to come back this week and they need him. They’ve been counting on the likes of David Nelson and Zach Sudfeld as their main pass catchers. Jeremy Kerley has been a solid player, but he is out for a while with a dislocated elbow.
The Jets have been able to move the ball more and the fate of their offense is in Geno Smith’s hands. They don’t really have the luxury to run Chris Ivory a lot due to his propensity to get hurt, so Holmes could get his fair share of targets.
It’s worth noting he had a 150-yard, one-TD game before his recent hamstring injury. He’s a nice add in almost all leagues and is a decent, high-upside option against the Bills this week.
Tavon Austin (owned in 43 percent of leagues)
He became the third player in NFL history to score three 55-plus yard touchdowns in a game. In case you were wondering, Cliff Battle and Chris Johnson were the other two. Austin was flat-out ridiculous and he obviously won’t have another game like the one on Sunday. His first TD came on a wild 98-yard punt return, the second was single coverage on a go route and the last one was a YAC special in which he really displayed his speed.
The downside is that he only had three targets. In his defense, the Rams didn’t need to pass the ball because they were blowing out the Colts. He’s been targeted only three times or fewer in the last three games, which is something that happened just once in his first six games.
The Rams should look to get him the ball more down the field now that the cat – or Ram – is out of the bag. He’s a playmaker, so he should be picked up. He’s on a bye this week, though.
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